Cowboys See No Merit in ‘Dirty' Label

After the Denver Broncos' 26-20 victory Sunday over the Tennessee Titans, Bronco quarterback Kyle Orton lashed out at the Dallas Cowboys' next opponent, dismissing the assertion that Tennessee is among the NFL's toughest teams.

"You always hear about how tough they are and all that stuff," Orton said. "I don't think they're tough, I think they're cheap — and it was one of the cheapest games I've ever seen out of some of those players."

When asked about his quarterback's comments, Denver head coach Josh McDaniels didn't exactly shy away, causing Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher to understandably defend his troops, suggesting terms like "aggressive" and "intense" would be more appropriate descriptions of how his team plays.

The first question that comes to mind: what would they have said if the Broncos had lost?

The Cowboys have had more than a week to study the Titans, but claim to have seen nothing to indicate Tennessee is any dirtier than any other NFL team.

"I know they got a few flags, but that just shows they're playing hard," rookie fullback Chris Gronkowski said. "They're going to hit hard to get you down on the field. That's not dirty — that's football."

"They don't do more than any other team. They run your basic blitzes, so you have to get the ball out (of the quarterback's hand) quickly, but as far as extracurricular stuff, they do nothing unusual."

Backup guard Montrae Holland acknowledged that after watching the Titans' game against the Broncos, the comments made by Orton and McDaniels were a little confusing, especially considering the fact that Denver won the game.

"I don't know what all that's about," Holland said. "(The Titans) just play hard. Yeah, they're physical, but you have to be physical to play in this league. We expect them to give 110 percent against us, just like we expect to against them.

"They're a very physical defense, but they're not dirty — they're just tough and physical."

Of all of the Cowboys, Gronkowski has the best insight into the emotions felt in the Denver locker room; his older brother, Dan, is a tight end for the Broncos.

"He didn't say anything about them being dirty or anything," Chris Gronkowski said of his brother. "They (the Titans) will do some things to bring pressure — they'll blitz, they'll do some stunts up front, and they probably bring a single cornerback on a blitz more than most teams — but we've seen them on film, and they don't seem dirty at all.

"They're tough, they're physical. They always are, and we don't expect them to be any different against us."

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